After retiring from the Lansing Board of Water and Light, Tom Marlow decided he needed something new to invest his time and talents into. As he and wife Carol looked around to see what kind of business would be best suited for the pair to open, one option he didn’t think they’d choose was a drug and DNA testing lab.
“This was low on our list,” he says, “but as we checked off other options, we realize that no one else in the area is doing what Arc Point
does, and it began to look really nice.”
Now the owners of the new Arc Point lab in south Lansing
, the Marlows now offer the comprehensive testing solutions they weren’t finding in other area labs.
“This is really a business-to-business operation,” says Marlow. “We offer education and training for businesses as well as drug testing.”
In addition, Arc Point also offers walk-in testing, including drug screens, DNA testing and – arguably the business’ most fun option – doggie DNA testing.
“When I was young we used to call them ‘mutts,’” says Marlow. “Now we call them ‘designer breeds,’ and people are paying a lot of money for those dogs without really knowing what kind it is.”
The nearly 2,000 square foot Arc Labs location opened in April and currently employs five workers. The Marlows plan to add to that number soon as they consider expanding their services into wellness testing.